Media Release –
2nd September 2010
On parliament’s lawn in Wellington, New Zealand, on Wednesday 1 September 2010, a father’s representation of father’s rights groups opened the country’s first Ministry of Men’s Affairs. The fathers in coalition (father’s coalition), state they are responding to the neglect of men and fatherhood in political and civic affairs.
Wellingtonian, Benjamin Easton, says he will be taking time with the Ministry to advance the knowledge of gender equity. “Gender equality is a violent intellectual fiction causing real social damage”, he says. “Gender equity, however, is a tolerant exercise of social awareness and is politically responsive to the problems, physical differences and differing needs of the sexes”.
Easton agrees with the coalition that parliament has not protected fatherhood and adjoins that is time for fathers to take that responsibility upon themselves. “If the New Zealand government hasn’t the presence to protect men’s equitable rights with a national responsibility, then fathers will”, he says.